Online trolls have again launched vile attacks on the Prime Minister’s daughters, just days out from the federal election.
The family has regularly been subjected to cruel online taunts, including one from comedian Magda Szubanski that Mr Morrison’s wife Jenny said was the most distressing personal attack upon her since becoming Australia’s first lady.
In the latest attack, one troll said he doesn’t like to ‘criticise appearances’, then goes on to do exactly that.
He shared a picture of the Prime Minister with Jenny and daughters Abbey and Lily at the Liberal campaign launch on Sunday.
‘I’m not one to criticise appearances, but why is it that @ScottMorrisonMP’s women always dress like the Amish? (serious Q),’ the troll wrote.
Scott Morrison, wife Jenny, daughters Abbey and Lily at the Liberal Party campaign launch in Brisbane on Sunday, May 15. The photo has led to vile trolling of the Prime Minister’s children
A troll who said he doesn’t like to ‘criticise appearances’, then goes on to do exactly that about Scott Morrison’s children and wife
This is followed by another tweet – so awful, Daily Mail Australia has chosen not to publish it.
The tactic of using offensive personal attacks on children rather than addressing the government’s policies, did not impress others on social media, though.
‘Oh ffs still picking on the kids. So classy,’ one person responded.
‘What on earth is wrong with people,’ said another.
Others said ‘leave those kids alone’ and ‘leave the kids out of this’.
Another spoke for many by saying ‘I don’t think anyone who behaves like this should be advising anyone else at all.’
The latest attack comes after Mrs Morrison revealed in February that the most distressing personal attack on her since her husband became Prime Minister was a tweet from Kath and Kim star Magda Szubanski.
The comedian took to Twitter last year to compare a picture of Mrs Morrison and the Prime Minister signing a condolence book for Prince Philip with the religious extremists who feature in the popular Margaret Atwood novel and TV series, The Handmaid’s Tale.
Comedian Magda Szubanski retweeted a photo of Mrs Morrison watching her husband sign a condolence book for the late Prince Philip, captioning the image: ‘I genuinely thought this was a photoshopped Handmaid’s Tale meme. But no. It’s 21st century Aussie life’
Margaret Atwood’s 1985 classic is set in a totalitarian state called Gilead where single women are kept as sexual slaves for reproduction purposes, while married women are only taught how to sew and bow to the whim of their powerful husbands (pictured, the book has been turned into a smash-hit series that is available on Stan)
During an interview with 60 Minutes’ Karl Stefanovic, Mrs Morrison said Szubanski had taken things ‘too far’.
She said she had learned to deal with criticism since her husband became the nation’s leader – but was caught off-guard by this particular tweet.
‘I can take a joke, like I can take a joke,’ she said.
‘I’ve had to be independent and strong because of the life that I live with Scott. But sometimes, it’s just like, really?’
Szubanski doubled down on her comments and said they were drawing attention to her belief that elements of ‘far-right’ Christian conservatism are increasingly present in politics.
Following the tweet, Ms Szubanski doubled down on her comments and said they were a restrained way of drawing attention to the fact that she thinks elements of ‘far-right’ Christian conservatism are increasingly present in politics
‘That was a mild way of drawing attention to the fact I do have concerns about, and trust me this is not about the majority of Christians, but the element of the far-right,’ she told A Current Affair.
‘And – they are really going to come for me now – I think that is a concern.
‘I think that is quite legitimate to say in this country. I don’t like extremes of any kind is my stance.’
After posting a picture of them making a chicken and eggplant curry, the post was soon flooded with comments saying it was actually taken years earlier.
Mr Morrison regularly posts pictures of himself making Indian or Asian-inspired food in the industrial kitchen at Kirribilli House
Victorian Senator Jane Hume took to Twitter to defend the PM, saying: ‘If you are one of the people on here attacking the Prime Minister’s daughter, for any reason, it’s time to take a good hard look at yourself.
‘It’s shameful. Imagine that was your child. Abuse isn’t acceptable period, let alone of children. Be better.’
While most of the comments on Mr Morrison’s Facebook page were attacking him rather than his daughter, some also aimed their barbs at Lily.
Scott Morrison (pictured left) posted this photo of him with his daughter Lily (right) cooking a curry to Facebook, but both of them were quickly subject to comments from online trolls
‘Funny because that’s an omelet the kid’s making, and that curry came from the takeaway,’ said another.
Other commenters took a potshot at how Mr Morrison and his wife Jenny’s daughters Lily and Abbey, 11, dressed in a recent family photo.
‘Seriously, who are these people? This is one step away from the Amish,’ a woman whose Twitter bio says she believes in ‘fairness’ wrote.
The woman was labelled ‘creepy’ by some for her comments about the fashion sense of children.
Scott and Jenny Morrison (pictured on their wedding day) recently celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary
The Morrison family, pictured left to right: Abbey, Scott, Jenny and Lily. The children’s and their mother’s dress sense was described as ‘Amish’ by a cruel Twitter troll
‘I think a PM is fair game. The fashion choices of his children (who are ACTUAL children) not so much. In fact this transcends creepiness,’ a responder wrote.
‘What’s with adults being weird about and to kids on Twitter?’ another said.
Many of the online commenters claimed that Lily looks younger in the cooking photo than she does in other recent pictures, though that perception may just be down to the angle that Mr Morrison took the selfie from.
‘That photo of your daughter was taken at least a couple of years ago. Her photo on Australia Day, shows her much taller and more matured. Even your photo ops are a lie,’ wrote one.
‘That photo of Lily is four years old… When do you ever stop lying,’ said another.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Mr Morrison’s office seeking comment for this story.
Senator Jane Hume (pictured left) has slammed people who have trolled Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured beside her) and his daughter Lily
Prime Minister Scott Morrison pictured with his daughters Lily and Abbey after a National Australia Day Flag Raising and Citizenship Ceremony in Canberra on Wednesday, January 26, 2022